MnSEIA'S MISSION is to grow solar energy industries as part of Minnesota's clean energy transition by delivering strong public policy, education, job creation and sustainable industry development.

 


 

We Connect Minnesota’s Solar And Storage Community

MnSEIA provides fantastic networking opportunities through membership meetings, business and educational opportunities, and our annual Gateway to Solar Conference.

We Advocate For Solar And Storage

MnSEIA's work centers around state legislative lobbying efforts and regulatory implementation. We promote the use of solar energy and storage to serve the public interest, to achieve a sustainable future, and to create family-supporting jobs. 

We Work Tirelessly For Our Members

MnSEIA has over 120 member organizations involved in photovoltaic and solar thermal energy and storage. We work for, and harness the strength of, our member solar installers, vendors, developers, distributors, manufacturers, job trainers, labor unions, nonprofits, law firms, utilities and more by advocating for policy and regulatory initiatives that strengthen the industry.  

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Ray Colby Sundial C&I Rooftop Array
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Dustin Denison AEI Angled Panels
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MnSEIA's Evolution

Moving Minnesota Solar Forward Since 2009

2009

MnSEIA Is Formed

At the time of MnSEIA's formation, Minnesota had just 330 solar installations producing 1.5 Megawatts of electricity.

2013

Organizing Efforts Culminate In Important MN Solar Legislation

Four years of organizing with strong labor and environmental partners helped create a 1.5% solar energy standard, which guarantees at least 450 Megawatts of solar by 2020. MnSEIA also passed community solar garden legislation that put Minnesota on track to become the nation’s leader.

2016

Minnesota Becomes A 1 Billion Dollar + Market

In seven years, we grew from a 150 million dollar industry to a 1 billion dollar market with over 300 Megawatts of solar.

2017

Minnesota Sees Exponential Solar Growth

In 2017, Minnesota expanded to a nearly 500 Megawatt solar market by year-end. Accordingly, solar jobs grew 48% in 2017 over 2016 levels, and Minnesota saw clean energy jobs grow four times faster than overall job growth in 2017 alone. 

2018

Renewable Energy Becomes Cheapest Option

Renewable energy reached the point of being cheaper than both coal and natural gas in Minnesota, even without subsidies. This is a hallmark of the efforts and dedication of our industry members, partners, and stakeholders. 

MnSEIA also welcomed a new Executive Director, David Shaffer, who continues to lead the association.

2019

Minnesota Reaches 1 Gigawatt of Solar

Minnesota officially reaches 1 Gigawatt of installed solar. 250 Megawatts of Community Solar Gardens are also installed, the most ever in Minnesota’s history. Xcel Energy announces plans to install 3 Gigawatts of solar in MN by 2030, marking a turning point where utilities are using solar to decrease their costs. 

MnSEIA has a successful year at the Capitol and passes a Brightfields study bill, an increase to the Solar Rewards program, and a storage energy bill that will fund a study, integrated resource planning, and pilot projects. MnSEIA also becomes an official state affiliate of SEIA.

2020

Solar and MnSEIA Grow Despite Pandemic

Solar proves its resiliency and benefit to the economy by continuing to grow in Minnesota despite the COVID-19 pandemic. MnSEIA passes an extension to the Solar Rewards program, one of the only two energy bills to pass during the legislative session. Our state utilities announce plans to expedite over 500MW worth of utility-scale projects to get Minnesotans back to work. The federal Investment Tax Credit is extended at 26% until 2022.

MnSEIA adds new full-time staff members and an office. We also endorse political candidates for the first time in our history and host our first virtual Gateway to Solar conference.

2021

Minnesota Utilities Invest in Solar

Many of Minnesota’s utilities set climate goals that include huge investments in solar. There is a plan to retire all coal plants in the state, opening up even more opportunities for solar. 340 Megawatts of solar are expected to be added by year-end, more than double the amount in 2019 or 2020.

MnSEIA begins to expand our market towards energy storage and plans to bring more storage members into the state and association.

What’s Next?

Successful Policy Implementation For The Next Wave Of Solar Deployment

  1. Create, promote and protect solar-friendly policies around residential, utility-scale, commercial and industrial solar, and energy storage.
  2. Push back against harmful utility practices, such as slow interconnection processes, unnecessary costs and poor data disclosure.
  3. Expand the solar PV demand credit for commercial and industrial customers and add storage as a qualifying technology.
  4. Extend incentives for community solar garden residential subscribers, increase customer access, and enlarge project size.
  5. Encourage and support utility-scale projects as they are proposed.
  6. Facilitate successful development of Minnesota's goal to achieve 6+ Gigawatts of solar by 2030.

More on our policy EFFORTS